Raspberries and Chocolate Milk Vintage Playsuit
Added Apr 24, 2011
The title of this project is in honor of my mom, who called the background of the main fabric “watered down chocolate milk color”… in a good way, haha!
I’ve wanted to make a playsuit/jumpsuit forever, and I finally got around to it. I used McCalls 6083, View D. I cut out size 10 for the bodice and a size 12 for the bottoms, because I’m a little pear-shaped. I thought it would be an easy project, but it didn’t exactly go as planned.
First, WARNING TO ANYONE USING THIS PATTERN: Check the length of the crotch before your cut your fabric! I’m only 5 feet 6 inches, but this pattern was about 1 1/2" too short for me. I don’t know how the models on the pattern cover POSSIBLY fit in to the finished products. Of course I didn’t measure before I cut my fabric, so I ended up having to insert a 2" strip in the waist between the top and bottom. I sewed a strip of fabric along the inside of the jumpsuit to make the needed casing for the elastic. Thankfully I had enough fabric to make the adjustment; but by the end of it, I had only tiny scraps left over.
I made 1/4" bias tape out of the contrast fabric to finish the facing on the crossover part of the bodice. I used the same fabric to make the pockets; and to make the facing for the back of the neck.
I made a 1" hem on the shorts. I also added 3 snaps to the front to keep it closed; and two vintage buttons for decoration.
I personally don’t like total sleeveless-ness on myself most of the time, because I don’t like the way my arms look; so I decided to add sleeves. However, once I put them on, I realized because the armhole was cut so far out, the sleeves were sticking out oddly. So, I cut all but 2" of the sleeves off and turned them under, to make more of a band along the armhole.
I plan on using this pattern again sometime, but I will certainly make the inseam bigger.
1 3/4 yards of taupe and pink calico cotton. 1/2 yard of hot pink calico for pockets and the facings. Two vintage 3/4" buttons. Three snaps. 5/8 yard of light weight interfacing. 1 yard of 3/4" wide elastic.
- Spring, Summer
- Garment Type
- Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Vintage